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Make Data Work
March 28–29, 2016: Training
March 29–31, 2016: Conference
San Jose, CA

Building a scalable, secure data platform: If I knew then what I know now

Bill Loconzolo (Intuit)
4:20pm–5:00pm Thursday, 03/31/2016
Enterprise Adoption

Location: LL20 D
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 12 ratings)

Prerequisite knowledge

Attendees should have a general understanding of the fundamentals of big data pipelines, big data platform architecture, Hadoop, data-driven products, and deriving analytical insights from data.


For businesses established before the age of the Internet, the extravagant transformational promise of big data has largely been just that—a promise. Managing a resilient, secure, and scalable data pipeline is hard no matter the size or age of a company. It’s often even harder to ensure that what you build delivers data that can easily be used by product teams who need to craft experiences that produce business results. From data locked in product-specific silos to data-management processes that are less than perfect, many established enterprises face major obstacles to processing the immense volume of data pouring in daily. But whether you work in SaaS, finance, healthcare, or any business that operates online, turning petabytes of new data into actionable insights is mission critical to your success.

At the core of Intuit’s data strategy is the Intuit Analytics Cloud (IAC), which unleashes the power of data to products, employees, and customers. The IAC is a petabyte-scale big data platform built on Hadoop with a robust and scalable infrastructure that incorporates data from Intuit products, customer experiences, and third-party sources. Its complex design is built to steward highly regulated, global, structured, and unstructured data, all collected by a wide array sources, from online to desktop products. The IAC offers a set of foundational services that allow analysts, product managers, product-development teams, and others to use data to gain valuable insights, improve products, and solve customers’ most important problems.

Bill Loconzolo explains how established enterprises can use the IAC to build scalable, secure data pipelines that create connections between central data and product teams and enable business results that matter. Along the way, Bill reveals the most significant lessons learned and shares a framework that can be applied by any company working toward realizing their own big data vision.

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Bill Loconzolo


Bill Loconzolo is the vice president of Intuit’s Data Engineering and Analytics team, where he leads the development of Intuit’s central big data platform, which leverages the power of the collective data of 45 million Intuit customers. The platform creates unique data-driven insights and product experiences that help customers simplify the business of life.

Before joining the data team, Bill was the vice president of product development for Intuit’s Health division, which was focused on using data to change the way patients interact with their physicians, providers, and health plans. Bill joined Intuit in 2009 with the acquisition of Medfusion, where he served as CTO. Prior to Medfusion, he held multiple technology leadership positions, including CTO at Performix Technologies, senior architect at Nokia, and vice president of engineering at TeleGea.

Bill has a BS in electrical engineering from Northeastern University. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has published several software architecture papers. Currently, Bill holds a US patent on image processing and has US patents pending in the areas of VoIP services, data mart transformations, and performance-management business process reconciliation.